The lineup for SappyFest 2019 has been revealed and there’s definitely some acts for Canadian hip-hop heads to get excited about.
SappyFest is an independent music and arts festival produced annually in Sackville, New Brunswick. This year’s festival will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, 2019.
This year’s lineup includes a ton of dope acts including hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Toronto’s own Haviah Mighty of The Sorority.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids are described as bringing “thought-provoking club bangers.” The group is known to “blend trap beats with woven lyricism that challenges Indigenous stereotypes that paint their people as ill-mannered savages.”
We recently posted their Ben Knechtel-directed video for “I Can’t Remember My Name,” which features Shanks Sioux.
Haviah Migthy has been on fire the past couple of years, and has positioned herself as one of the most promising female emcees in Canada.
“With in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows…[Haviah] continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip hop.”
Haviah’s most recent single is “Blame,” which was released in advance of her new album, 13th Floor, set to drop tomorrow (May 10).
In addition to performances by some of the most exciting independent musicians working in this country, 2019’s programming includes Short&Sweet – a program of short presentations curated by contemporary dancer Katie Ewald. Twelve artists/dancers present a variety of work, with the single parameter that the performance be under three minutes in duration. Alex Samaras of Tryal (and The Queer Songbook Orchestra) will also host an open group singing workshop culminating in an on-stage performance by workshop participants.
“This is the beginning! We’re thrilled to announce the first list of performers for SappyFest 2019, our fourteenth annual gathering of musicians, artists, dancers, punks, poets, and performers! We come together every year in the heat and hope of mid-summer with the belief that art and music can teach us new ways to listen, new ways to hear, new languages of collaboration,” says Steven Lambke, Creative Director of SappyFest. “We celebrate this chance to be together, to share this space here in Sackville, NB, welcoming new friends and old, from near and far, all with open hearts.”
More music, poetry, artist talks and workshops will be announced in the coming weeks.
Ticket info can be found on SappyFest.com.
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